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Powis Castle: Twee Gaussian Steps pic

I wish I had done something about the over-exposed hedge (or "headge" as I was going to say for some reason) on the left, like maybe taken a step to the left to exclude the "wall of light" effect.

Powis Castle: Man clubs Snake

Powis Castle: Traditional

Powis Castle: Fountain

Powis Castle: Dirty Daisy

I haven't ranted for a while so forgive me for this.

Boingboing links to a post from a pilot somewhere on the interwebs bemoaning the fact that planes aren't safe because advice wasn't followed and idiots concentrate instead on pouring away your Evian at check in and making you queue for nine and a half days before boarding your flight (even though here in the UK the authorities have NO IDEA who is in and who is out of the country). So anyway, this pilots goes on:

Almost six years after 9/11, it is inexcusable that — in an environment where TSA misses more than 90% of weapons, RON aircraft are not secured, and ground employees are not screened — fewer than 2% of our airliners have a team of armed pilots aboard, fewer than 5% have air marshals, and the flight attendants have no mandatory tactical or behavioral assessment training. $24 billion dollars later, we are not materially safer,...

Now, honestly, I'm trying very hard not to be anti-American, I know some lovely ones etc etc etc but please dear non-existent lord do they …

Swan, Kew

Kew Gardens

Haywood Gallery, Friday Night

Refreshment

Barf 2

Barf!

Fire alarms - better safe than sorry

Sunday Afternoon in England

BTW, I don't spend all my time with morris dancers...

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.... and another

Another Millenium Bridge pic

Best viewed large.

2 New Rules Learned Today

1. Arguments proposed by academics in the Arts (philosophers / sociologists, for example) that rely on neologisms are doomed to be forgotten. If the essay you're reading says something along the lines of "I call this phenomena resurgencism", while you might get a pass from your prof when you come to write about it, you are never going to be quoting it down the pub and it won't ever be useful in an argument.
2. "Acid Folk" as a musical genre isn't as awful as you might think.

Igneous People 3

Igneous People 2

Igneous People 1

Warning: horrible experimental pic

There you go - attempts made, on a similar pic (apologies - I thought it was the same one but see now it wasn't - too tired to go back and start over), to try and balance sky and land. See the horrible artifacts where the two meet? I haven't worked out what to do about that yet. Also, I have fluffed around with it for ages using layers (which despite struggling with all this time I STILL don't get) and gaussian blurs and all the rest. Anyway, as you can see, the result is fairly horrible, particularly along the tope of the bridge and around the leaves in the tree on the right. Oh well, onwards - more later no doubt.
The painter was a friendly chap and clearly talented - he didn't have trouble with sky tones not matching those of the earth of course...

Richmond Bridge, yesterday

The trouble is, you want clouds, you have to sacrifice a little light lower down and it ends up looking murky. You want light lower down, the sky burns out. You get a neutral density filter, it turns your sky a reddish hue unless it is a decent one (mine isn't), plus you get an unrealistic transitional "line" between the darkened area and the rest. There must be a way of keeping sky and land detail in photoshop but I haven't discovered it yet. There are those horrible HDR pics (I admit, I liked them when they first appeared, now I click on immediately - not sure why, possibly because they somehow all look the same) which rely on a tripod and a number of pictures overlaid in some way, but with the painter moving this wouldn't, I don't think, have worked. I will try and find some articles on increasing tonal range and, if I can manage it in future, you will be the first to know.

Goose, Kew Gardens, today

Morris Dancer, Richmond, Yesterday

Monument for a Witness

South West Trains: It's the little things that show you (don't) care

There was to be an image here but blogger is buggered so...
You arrive at Waterloo. The concourse is rammed, it is raining outside but somehow, London summers being what they are, it is also incredibly hot and sticky. You look at the new / old announcement boards ("new" in the sense that they have only recently started to be used; "old" in the sense that they have been in the station for years). Either they are not working or there are no trains on the station. Or both - don't forget, it is raining, a great excuse to bang on about "adverse weather conditions" or "unusual meteorological phenomena": rain being such a rare occurrence in the UK, a complete absence of trains in a station with over 20 platforms would, from the point of view of SWT, be understandable. Now, some smaller electronic noticeboards are working, and the tannoy system is working. No news from the latter for some time, so the former are of course displaying all the informat…

One more from the bridge

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Unhappy Lifeguard

A couple more minutes and I fear that I might have learned what the sword was capable of (apologies for ending with a preposition).